There is really no way to know how this race looked on television, but it was spectacular in person. Like all five hundred mile races, there was that lull around the halfway point – but what a finish!
For the third day in a row – welcome to Pocono Raceway. The skies are blue with puffy clouds. It is a brisk 64-degrees, but it is very windy. Winds are supposed to be 15-knots out of the north, with gusts up to 25-knots – not ideal conditions for cars going 220 mph.
By now you’ve probably heard that the ABC Supply 500 has been postponed until Monday at noon and will be shown live on NBCSN. Trust me, it wasn’t a tough decision to make. It started spitting rain around noon and it set in for good around 1:30. So an earlier starting time would not have made any difference.
Good morning from a breezy and partly cloudy Pocono Raceway. While the skies look OK now, the weather is approaching quickly. It now likely that we will be here tomorrow to either run or at least finish the ABC Supply 500. I know the Olympics take precedence, but this is what happens when you start a five-hundred mile race at 3:00 on a track with no lights. Oh well, everyone here seems resigned that we will be here an extra day. There are worse things that can happen than being “forced” to spend an extra day at a race track.
The field is now set for the 2016 ABC Supply 500. Mikhail Aleshin won his first career pole with a two-lap average speed of 220.445 mph. That completes a strong run for Honda, who put five cars into the Top-Seven spots on the grid. Josef Newgarden put his Chevy powered car from Ed Carpenter Racing on the outside of the front row and Helio Castroneves will start fourth as the only other Chevy driver in the Top-Five.
Practice One is in the books at Pocono Raceway. First the bad…There were three incidents which brought out yellow flags. Early on, Ryan Hunter-Reay had the rear-end of his car whip around on him and he had a hard hit into the outside wall of Turn One. His car hinted at going all the way over before coming to a stop against the inside retaining wall. He was uninjured, but the same cannot be said for his DHL machine. He will be forced to go to his backup car for the remainder of the weekend.
Good morning from Pocono Raceway. This is my first visit to the Tricky Triangle and so far, it lives up to expectations. The scenery here is gorgeous. Once we entered western Pennsylvania, the scenery became prettier each mile we drove. By the time we hit the Poconos, it looked like something off of a post card (remember those?).